Melissa Harris-Perry | February 02, 2013
>>> jindal was re-elected to a second term as louisiana governor , his victory was nearly guaranteed after he ran unp op unopposed to any democratic party , and while there were signals in the cracks in the gop's solid dominance in the south, governor jindal 's win 70% is more the rule than the exception in the southern politics , thanks to the south's single-party superiority, they are free to pass laws that are burdensome to the most marginalized people. like they say in atlanta, who going to check me, boo? and you make a point of the poor and often rural louisianians and 70% or more of them give their votes to the governor and then he makes policy which is oftentimes not in the economic self-interest.
>> not only that, and this is -- georgia is probably ten years from being a purple state , and here is why. we have huge, and we have a large african-american population, and this african-american population is getting richer. they are -- you talk about the black communities and some of the black communities are some of the nicest suburbs in atlanta, but because the republican party is completely writing off any real outrage and not lip service , but i'm talking about going door-to-door like obama did and real politicking, and if we don't reach out to all georgians and all southerners, the guarantee southern base for the republican party is no longer as guaranteed as it was amongst white men or whatever, because it is slipping. obama got 45% in georgia .
>> this is your business to create a two- party platform in the south.
>> and we are hopeful it is more like two to four years in georgia , but we can debate the math as the democrats and the republicans do. the south will come back demographically and politically and one thing is that the challenges is that the republicans control so much, they are overreaching left and right. i survived 1984 when the democrats were wiped out around the country, and two or three cycles we had democratic govern governors of south carolina , georgia , alabama and mississippi and tennessee, and so that the pendulum will swing back and hopefully through great ideas and great candidates that are democrats, but also a big part of the equation is overreach, because the republicans think that they have now gotten these legislative bodies and governorships for decades.
>> so, karen, let me ask you on that, because obviously as head of the louisiana democratic party , how do youporters that their economic interests lie with the democratic party ?
>> well, governor jindal is helping us. there are republicans in the legislature and all across the state that have been silenced and some have been silenced and others like john kennedy , the treasurer and even david viter in the u.s. senate that challenged jindal 's flawed policies. there is a window of opportunity not just here in louisiana, but across the south. i totally disagree that it will take ten years for georgia to be purple and let me throw that in, because i took on a role as the new vice president of the organization of democratic party chairs and i look forward to being in in georgia and north carolina and going right after folks. and it's good that there's upward mobility occurring in the african-american community. but they are not going to be listening to the rhetoric. they're going to in fact look at the republicans' records and figure out that's not the best place for them for opportunity, for economic security and otherwise. so i think it's a farce. we're doing great things here in louisiana, the democratic party , rebuilding. mary landrieu in 2014 .
>> i always love your optimism. we both manage to be wearing purple today. karen carter peterson in the place that i am so sad i'm not at this moment, the home of the current super bowl new orleans. up next, we're not going to talk so much as purple but pink and why pink is the new color of courage thanks to my foot soldier